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Aleks Kolkowski

Aleksander Kolkowski b. London, studied Music at London University and violin the Royal Academy of Music with Clarence Myerscough.
Active as an improviser, solo performer and composer, he has appeared at major festivals worldwide and recorded on numerous labels.

Over the past ten years he has explored the potential of pre-electronic sound reproduction technology, combining horned violins, gramophones and wax cylinder phonographs to make contemporary live mechanical-acoustic music. This work has been shown widely in Europe, the U.S.A. and broadcast on the BBC, WDR & Deutschlandradio radio stations.

In 2002 he founded Recording Angels, a project that examines our relationship to recorded sound using phonographs and acetate record cutters in performances and installations. Large-scale works have been commissioned and produced by MaerzMusik, Berlin; Serralves Museum, Porto; Sonic Arts Network/PRSF and the BFI South Bank, London.

Recent activities include a disc-recording booth for transforming CDs into 45rpm records and multiple-horn sound installation work combining antique reproducing devices and computer-aided sound diffusion. His research into early forms of instrument amplification at Brunel University is funded by the AHRC. Aleks is currently compiling an archive of contemporary artists and musicians exclusively on wax cylinders.

"Aleks Kolkowski is an archaeologist of the modern" Stuart Broomer

"extraordinary...most inspiring" Atom Egoyan

"Kolkowski's looping gramophone records generated a strong parallel with the films own repetition of events which greatly enhanced the 'expanded' nature of the event - as though creating the impression that the film cannot be kept inside the frame. The Recording Angel Ensemble's challenging concoction of electronic soundscapes and live renditions of Baroque and early Classical music filled an otherwise reserved auditorium of viewers with a uniquely jarring sense of the obscure and the comfortably ambient - a fitting and faithful interpretation of the atmosphere within the film itself."
Owen Armstrong vertigo magazine

"The best of these kind of live soundtrack events I've seen"  Rob Young Wire Magazine

"One of the audio treats of spring this year" Clive Bell Wire Magazine